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Erez Levanon, PhD

Erez Levanon, PhD (PI)

Kevin Morris, PhD (Co-PI, City of Hope)

Grant Status
Active

Institution
Bar-Ilan University

Grant Type
ICRF-City of Hope Jacki and Bruce Barron Cancer Research Scholars' Program Grant

Project Title
RNA Edited Long Non-coding RNAs and their Role in Cancer

Tumor Types

Research Topics
Cell Signaling, Genetics and Genomics, Immunology and Immunotherapy, Intracellular Trafficking, Metabolism and Cancer, RNA Metabolism


Erez Levanon is a full professor at the Faculty of Life Sciences of Bar-Ilan University, where he is the head of the genomic research lab. He received his PhD from Tel-Aviv University after graduating the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students and was a postdoctoral research follow at the genetics department of Harvard Medical School. Prior to that, he was a senior scientist in Compugen LTD. He has published over 85 research manuscripts and won several awards and fellowships, including the Clore, Fulbright, Rothschild, Alon and Krill.

His main contribution is in the study of RNA and DNA editing in which he initiated and led research projects in both graduate and postgraduate labs and currently in his own lab. In a series of publications, he transformed the field of RNA editing and revolutionized the view of this modification. He and his team developed the first screens for editing and continue to develop more sophisticated approaches for editing detection that allow to describe the full atlas of editing in human and other genomes. In addition to synapse related sites, he found that editing is extremely abundant in humans. More importantly, it enabled his team to identify editing alterations in several
diseases, predominantly cancer, and to establish the importance of RNA mutations, albeit undetectable in current mutation screening.

Professor Levanon has delivered over 70 conferences talks and has received several grants for his work, including the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant and two Israeli Centers of Research Excellence (I-CORE) programs.


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